Raiders don’t get mad, they get even


The heck with getting mad. The Raiders instead got even.

They’re 4-4 on Nov. 1, the first time they’ve seen .500 this late in the season since 2002, and we all know where they ended up that year.

How is this happening?

By being accountable to themselves and not worrying about bad press, bad officiating or shrinking attendance.

Even before the Raiders piled on the points and stats late in a 33-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, it was a more impressive win than the previous week’s 59-14 win over the Denver Broncos for a lot of reasons.

It was happening at home, where the Raiders strangely have played worse than they have on the road in recent years.

It happened after a couple of failed opportunities in the red zone to open the game, and turn the clock back a couple of weeks against the 49ers to see how it affected the Raiders that day.

It happened against a Seattle team that entered the game at 4-2 in the NFC West. A weak division to be sure, and the Seahawks aren’t an imposing team.

But the Raiders correctly diagnosed the Seahawks problems perfectly and then took them apart with a picture perfect game plan in all three phases.

It would have been as big a win at 17-3 as it was 33-3 simply because it meant back-to-back wins going into the Kansas City game next week.

The Raiders, for the first time in seven years, are relevant again.

Their fan base will no doubt bring the “no respect theme’’ hard and heavy, but it would behoove the Raiders to handle it exactly as they have so far _ by assessing their strengths, improving their weaknesses and enjoying improvement as a total entitity.

Taking a moment to relive the days of a decade ago driving the kids on vacation to some distant locale, the question arises, “Are we there yet?’’

“No, no, we’re getting there, we’re getting there,’’ Raiders coach Tom Cable said. “It’s great to win this game and get to 4-4. It’s great to win two in a row _ which wasn’t really talked about this week _ and it’s just good to know there’s a lot more football in this team. It’s also disappointing that we are 4-4, to be quite honest with you.’’

More, news, notes, quotes and observations:

— Cable said X-rays on Nnamdi Asomugha’s ankle were negative and that he didn’t know the severity. It didn’t look good.

Just judging from how it looked, I’d be surprised to see him ready to face the Chiefs. He left the game earlier with a hand injury that was wrapped up and returned.

— Monster offensive stats in a game that didn’t look to be headed that way. The Raiders ended with 545 yards of total offense. That’s 1,053 yards in the last two games and a combined score of 92-17. The first time ever going back to back with 500 yards.

Darren McFadden gained 29 yards on his first 12 carries and then 82 on his last nine carries to finish with 111 yards on 21 attempts, highlighted by a 49-yard run.

The Raiders rushed for 239 yards on 39 attempts. Bush had a 30-yard gain, Reece had a 31-yard gain, Darrius Heyward-Bey a 30-yard run with a reverse.

— Passing? How about Jason Campbell going 15 of 27 for 310 yards and two touchdowns, a fourth-and-1 30-yard dart to Reece and a 69-yard strike to Heyward-Bey, who had five catches for 105 yards.

In case you were wondering, Cable says Bruce Gradkowski is the quarterback when healthy. He was throwing 20-yard passes in pregame and was designated as No. 3.

The guess here is Campbell faces the Chiefs.

“Coach Cable came to us the night before the Denver game and said, said, ‘No more ‘what if’, shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’, and throw it out the window. Let’s create things. Let’s try to make things happen,’ ‘’ Campbell said.

“He said, `Just cut it loose.’ Don’t worry about pressuring yourself to make every play worrying about being perfect. Just play ball.’ And I think it kind of won the team over.’’

Campbell even took out tough-guy safety Lawyer Milloy on a reverse to Jacoby Ford which gained 13 yards.

“I’m used to being the one getting hit. To lay one on someone else, it felt good,” Campbell said. “Kyle Boller told me that I should take those pants home because I had a little blood on them.”

— The Raiders had four players with more than 100 yards of combined rushing and receiving _ McFadden (135), Heyward-Bey (135), Reece (122) and Michael Bush (106).

— With the Seahawks missing left tackle Russell Okung and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane due to injury, the Raiders dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage.

Seattle managed just 47 yards rushing on 19 carries, with Marshawn Lynch getting 7 yards on nine carries in his homecoming _ including a 7-yard gain.

With the run choked off, Matt Hasselbeck never had a chance. He was harassed into a 13-for-32 performance and was sacked eight times.

Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley had two sacks each. Tyvon Branch, Matt Shaughnessy, Tommy Kelly and Lamarr Houston had one each.

“It’s like a snowball effect. I get one, he gets one, everybody wants to get one,’’ Kelly said. “It’s like, can’t let them have all the fun. Everybody wants one.”

The Raiders did some blitzing, but it wasn’t necessary to go overboard because the natural pressure was more than Seattle could deal with.

Shaughnessy is giving the Raiders some of their best defensive end play in years. McClain and Houston have made quantum leaps over the last three games.

“I would say the significant strides started three weeks ago,’’ Cable said. “I think the presence of both of those guys is significantly improved. They’re getting it. And you have to talk about Matt Shaughnessy on the other side. He’s doing a heck of a job. I think getting Trevor Scott settled in again at end has really helped us. We have a nice rotation at end.’’

— Quote of the day by Seattle coach Pete Carroll: “We accomplished nothing in any aspect of football.’’

A 1-for-16 performance on third down conversions would be a part of that.

— Reece may not be the best fullback in football, but he is the most unique.

That he has no peer athletically at position which favors plow horses has been evident for some time. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is finding more and more ways to get him involved.

— Highlight of the day _ fans on my live chat giving Hue Jackson grief for the fourth-and-1 pass to Reece for a 30-yard touchdown. A perfect pass, a gutsy play executed flawlessly.

Blind luck,said some. Risky and lucky.

Honestly, some people ought to sit back and enjoy the ride. It hasn’t been like this for seven years and there’s no guarantee it will continue, so why not enjoy a decent bottom line for a change?

— Are the Raiders suddenly the NFL’s most fortunate team? Campbell’s pass off the knee of Heyward-Bey which resulted in a 55-yard pass play to Michael Bush was even luckier than Tyvon Branch’s interception which Deon Butler pushed into the air while making a valiant attempt at a reception.

Of course, Stanford Routt originally broke up the pass to Butler that ended up in Branch’s hands.

And, as Cable said, “Good teams get breaks. They make their breaks because of how hard they’re playing.’’

— Reserve tackle Khalif Barnes, who has become a blocking tight end in run formations, has been bragging during open locker room to the media about his skills as a receiver.

He caught his first NFL pass in the first quarter from Campbell and gained six yards.

“Good ball security,’’ Cable deadpanned. “I’d like to see him get more yards. He could have, too.’’


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Post game Interviews….


  • mistic1

    DHb with a sensational rout, turn and catch with the hands, and tap dance on the sideline! They said he couldnt do that.

    Throw in the towel, DHb haters are getting pummeled.

  • RedneckRaider

    I want to know why I’m NOT on the keepers of the faith list?!?!

  • # Bauce 4 Real Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Im callin it……indy doesnt make playoffs this year….no dallas clark
    I hope you are correct. I want to see Manning play on Dec 26th.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    AB “MR” Paine…..imbecile? You said seattle was winning

  • J Hill

    It’s amazing how much better coaches can look when players actually perform on the field.

    Can’t say much about the coaching staff win the team has won 3 outta 4.

    Props to Cable and company!

  • Hey Chaos, did you get permission to use those videos. I’d hate to think you were violating copyright laws.

  • RedneckRaider

    # Raider75 Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 11:00 am

    from twitter…

    “If the fans come out and we can sell out a damn game, I’ll talk to the media. Until then…I need full fan support.”-McClain (via Paul G)
    Gotta be a joke?


    That’s kinda badass. “Show your support, and I’ll bend to your wishes. Til then, I’m here to play football”

  • Bauce 4 Real Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 11:03 am
    AB “MR” Paine…..imbecile? You said seattle was winning
    I never said Seattle was winning. Your just lying now.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Yea drex….i never seen him live

  • bcz24

    belly crawl to within 25 feet of them dressed in camo garb and shoot the biggest gobbler you see
    Im not a hunter. In fact I have never fired a gun in my life. Not against it by any means, just not my thing.

  • # A.B. Paine III Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Hey Chaos, did you get permission to use those videos. I’d hate to think you were violating copyright laws.
    Good thing someone is worried about copyright infringement for the betterment of all concerned.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    MR….drex posted it

  • RedneckRaider

    I demand to be placed on the keeping of the faith list.

  • # Bauce 4 Real Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 11:00 am

    NFL better be worried….we gonna be at full strength soon

    If Schilens can get there it will definitely help.

    However, Nnamdi may be out several weeks.

  • So RMR posts as AB, and 4eva? LMFAO!

  • RedneckRaider


  • A.B. Paine III Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 11:04 am
    Hey Chaos, did you get permission to use those videos. I’d hate to think you were violating copyright laws.

    Its called Embedding smart guy

  • Bauce 4 Real

    McClain is right…..but ill be there just like Norco Bob mistabrown drexl dirty raccoon dell hwnrdr raiderlen dmac and armond among others

  • RaiderRockstar

    historically (last 8 years anyway) the Raiders have had a rough time with the Chiefs at home…

    ROG, do you think this will impact the # of people who come out to the game with 1st place in the AFC West on the line ???

  • Bauce 4 Real

    4eva is a stand up guy in tampa,fl….he is never a bastard like MR

  • # Bauce 4 Real Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 11:12 am

    4eva is a stand up guy in tampa,fl….he is never a bastard like MR
    My bad.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    RRS I DO think it does. These guys want to win and love a full house for a big division game

  • mistic1

    Second quarter campbell owns the gulls, and proves he mastering this offense.

    he drops deep ( yes a 7 step) looks down field nothing there, checks down to dmac who makes a very nice catch and run. you dont like the check down but it was not only the right play it was a good play.

    3rd and nine seattle brings in extra dbs, campbell recognizes the defens and audibles to a run bush punishes the gulls with a 9 yd run.

    Then campbell makes a throw worthy of legend, hitting reece on 4-1 slant. A laser shot 9 they said he had no zip) through a window you could barley fit a loaf of bread through.

    Incredible. Campbell haters…tap out now.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Also RRS…..its big for Bay Area to see live and direct a packed house vs KC

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Mistical is killin people today

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Kkell just waking up….guy outta be a riot

  • Only one thing counts in this life: Get them to sign on the line which is dotted.


  • RaiderRockstar

    as a fan at the game, how tough would it be to see Grads trot out as the starting QB and have a turnover or 3 & out on his first drive?

    When would the Jason Campbell chants start ???

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Anyways……Bauce took day off……gonna enjoy……..see ya……JUST WIN……….BAUCE!

  • I’m not MR. I am honored by the association, however.

  • Of course you’re me, A.B. Because there could only be one person who’s critical of Al Davis on a blog. One person on the face of the earth. MaddenRaider. Everyone else in the world loves Al Davis. Duh.

  • RedneckRaider

    Great, The Real MaddenRaider is on… signing off…

  • They probably think I am KoolKell also.

  • HairyBush

    CBS sportsline power rankings have the Raiders at #15

    The Raiders are rising through the ranks as the offense Al Davis is drawing up in the Necronomicon is finally coming into being. The last two weeks have shown that the Raiders offense can put up points and the AFC West will be taking a whole new shape.
    It’s been a while since we have been ranked that high, feels good!

  • RaiderRockstar

    A blonde comes home from a day of shopping and discovers that her house is on fire, so she calls the fire department on her cell phone.
    “Please state the nature of your emergency,” says the operator.
    “Help! My house is on fire!” the blonde replies.
    “Okay, where do you live?”
    “In a house you silly billy!” the blonde replies.
    “No,no! How do we get there?” the operator asks fustratedly.
    “Duh! Big Red Truck!!”

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • MacRaider

    I agree with JerryMac, it doesnt matter what the refs do if you play well enough. And if you keep playing well enough then the refs will give respect and the calls will even out. Just bought my ticket to the Chefs game. Die Chef’s die.

  • lol… Moss gets waived!

  • raidertbone

    Ticket to the game: $55
    Beer at the game: $105 (total)
    Seeing Khalif Barnes as a receiver: Priceless!

  • raidertbone

    What do the city of Dallas and “Brokeback Mountain” have in common?
    Cowboys who suck!

  • raidertbone

    Go Raiders – overcook the “Chefs”!